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Elementary School: iEngineer@UMD

**NOTE: While the application will continue to be open for another week, we have a large number of applications submitted. At this point it is highly possible your child will be on our waiting list.**

Program Overview

iEngineer@UMD is a summer STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) camp for rising 4th and 5th grade girls. This one-week commuter day camp is an exciting opportunity for girls to learn more about STEM through a variety of fun, hands-on activities!

Campers work with current University of Maryland engineering students to help participants gain a better understanding of engineering concepts and real-life applications in our world.

iEngineer@UMD will help campers answer questions like:

  • What does it mean to be an engineer?
  • What types of jobs can engineers do?
  • How do engineers help others?
  • Do I want to be an engineer someday?

iEngineer activities vary from year to year, but we always aim to cover the different disciplines of engineering (i.e., Aerospace, Bio, Chemical, Computer, Civil, Electrical, Fire Protection, Mechanical, etc.) so that campers can learn more about what engineers do and what engineering means. We also focus on real-world applications and why engineers make our world a better place. Some favorite past activities (and what they teach campers) include:

  • A Week-Long Team Design Project (learn the engineering design process)
  • Soda Geysers & Rockets (basic aerodynamic and rocketry principles)
  • Secret Alarms (basic circuits)
  • Impact Tests (construction, forces, gravity)
  • Build a "Green" House (using LEED green design principles)
  • Solar Ovens and Solar-Powered Toys (solar energy, environmental principles)
  • Bubble Gum-Making (chemicals, polymers)
  • Sharpie Tie-Dye (chemicals, mixtures, solvents, solutions)
  • Glow Germs (epidemics, medicine, biology)
  • CSI Scavenger Hunt (chromatography, pH scales)
  • And much more!

Unfortunately, at this time, we cannot accept campers who are not rising 4th or 5th graders.

Program Dates

Monday, July 11 – Friday, July 15, 2016
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Program Details

View the 2016 Program Information Brochure [pdf]. Please note that parents/guardians must provide transportation to and from campus. Campers must bring their own lunch, though snacks are provided throughout the day. Unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to offer before- or after-care for campers.


The program cost is $350 for each participant. This fee is due upon acceptance to the program. Please do not send the fee with the application.

Note: Full and partial scholarships are available based on financial need. Please inquire via email after acceptance decisions have been made.

Program Application

  • Online Form now available.
    This should be completed by a parent/guardian. However, the Online Form also includes an “About Me” paragraph to be written by the student. (Paper forms are available upon request.)
  • Teacher Letter of Recommendation
    This should be completed by a current math or science teacher. If this is not possible (e.g., due to home-schooling), another teacher or adult besides the child’s parent may complete the recommendation.

Please mail the letter of recommendation with a signed seal directly to:

Women in Engineering - iEngineer
1131XX Glenn L. Martin Hall
College Park, MD 20742

The application deadline is March 7, 2016.

Decisions will be announced in early April.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. A confirmation email will be sent when the application package is complete.

Contact Information

Candice Staples, Graduate Coordinator
Office: 1131XX Glenn L. Martin Hall
Phone: 301-405-6610